Essential oils

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 Have you been hearing all about essential oils, but feel a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? I totally get it and felt the same way; I knew nothing about essential oils when I first got started. The best and easiest way to start is to identify your top three priorities. For me, this was: helping with my anxiety and depression, reducing inflammation, and overhauling our home and making simple green cleaning solutions.

If you are open to natural options to support your body, you will quickly fall in love with how empowering essential oils are and how simple it is to use them in your home.


Are you looking for something to use for your health needs that is more natural, has no side effects, and works better? 

Let me tell you about essential oils. They work with your body to help…

  • Support and balance hormones
  • Ease feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Support your children’s health and wellness
  • Boost metabolism and manage hunger 
  • Get a goods night sleep
  • Keep your immune systems strong

What are essential oils? 

You know how certain things you eat have nutrition to them? Some are better for you than others?  For instance we know that Oranges are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, thiamin, folate and potassium.

The leaves of a Eucalyptus tree are known to boost respiratory health, strengthen the immune system, protect skin health, and ease tension.

The same for the lavender plant which some people are able to grow in their backyard for it’s calming and relaxing qualities. 

Hence, essential oils are the natural oil from that orange, eucalyptus leaf and lavender plant that has been harvested and distilled down into a pure, aromatic compound. It is the essence of that plant, root, bark, seed, flower or stem. The essential oil is a fatty sack that sits on the plant and it is what the plant uses to ward of predators or illness. This is basically the immune system of the plant. So in essence, we are using the immune system of a plant to support our immune systems.

Why do they work so well?

Essential oils are carbon based, as are humans. When you use an essential oil on or in your body, your body recognizes it and instinctively knows where to utilize the oil in order to support your body. This means there are no side effects when you are using essential oils, just side benefits. For example, if you are using a drop of Frankincense under your tongue for the anti-inflammatory properties, you will also get the emotionally calming and balancing benefits of this oil (pretty amazing right?!)

How much? How often?

As a Western culture we always want to know a dosage amount. That is actually one of the best parts of using oils. Less is more, so one to two drops every 15-20 minutes, until you feel like you have gotten the therapeutic benefits is ideal.
 


The dōTERRA Difference

As this industry continues to grow at the rate it is, you will see “essential oils” popping up from companies or stores that don’t know the first thing about them, much less what a true certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil is. This should make you step back and question.

I often wonder how many people are seeing essential oils come to the forefront of wellness and automatically think that your local organic market would be the best place to snag them up. I have to be honest, the old me totally would have. There can’t be that big of a difference…plus it says 100% pure, it has to be okay right? #wrong

There are two major factors that play a role in the effectiveness and quality of essential oils:

1. PLANT POTENCY:

When selecting which plants are to be used for essential oil production, it is important that the plant is grown in the correct soil, temperature, and climate. When these factors are optimal, the plant will be able to reach its highest potency.

One of the defining  differences between dōTERRA and any other company is the fact that dōTERRA sources their oils from all over the world, wherever that plant grows best. This is actually the main reason why I chose to get started with dōTERRA.

2. OIL PURITY:

When oils contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter their purity, their ability to function at their highest capacity is compromised. In order to enjoy all of the benefits of essential oils,they must be used in their purest form.

Every single batch of dōTERRA essential oil is put through a seven step, third party testing, to ensure every single bottle of oil that is purchased is 100% pure essential oil. Because I wanted to begin taking these internally and topically: there needed to be clear-cut, unbiased testing done to ensure that the oils were not only pure but that they held the therapeutic properties that I was looking for.   

Did you know there is no governing agency over essential oils? Many of these bottles that claim to be “100% pure oil” are actually very poor quality and/or highly diluted/adulterated. This is why dōTERRA has set the bar for essential oil purity and potency. dōTERRA’s quality standard for essential oils is called Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Our CPTG exceeds industry standards.

For complete transparency on doTERRA essential oils and our purity, please visit sourcetoyou.com.
 

How to Use Essential Oils

Aromatic Uses:

This is the easiest way to use your dōTERRA essential oils. Here are a few ways to use your oils aromatically:

  • You can use an essential oil diffuser. With your diffuser, fill it with water, add in 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil and turn it on. All dōTERRA diffusers have an auto turn off,  which means it will turn off when the water is low or when the time is up, depending on which happens first.
  • You can put a drop or two of essential oil in your palms, rub your hands together and cup them over your face, inhaling deeply a few times.
  • You can put a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball or clothes pin and place it in your air conditioner vent. This is extremely helpful if you get motion sickness!

I love diffusing because it is quite possibly the simplest way to get the aromatherapy benefits of your oils. This is a perfect way to relax/stimulate your mood, support your airways, cleanse the air, or support a restful night’s sleep naturally.

Topical Uses:

There are so many benefits to using your oils topically. Due to the molecular composition of essential oils, they are easily absorbed by the skin and can enter the bloodstream in less than a minute. Since essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to and dissolve in fatty substances, it is recommended to use a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) to help spread the oil further and drive the oils deeper. Using a carrier oil also helps with any skin sensitivity, which is especially important when applying oils to little ones or sensitive skin, it also prolong the life of your oils.

One of the most common places to apply your oils is on the bottoms of the feet. Our feet have the largest pores and the thickest skin, which makes it an ideal place to apply oils. If you are familiar with a reflexology chart, you know that the bottoms of our feet correlate to different spots in our body, so when in doubt, this is a great place to apply your oils. For little ones, the feet are an extremely convenient place to apply your oils. After applying oils to their feet, make sure to put socks on them so they don’t grab their feet and rub their eyes.

You can also apply your oils to any specific place on your body that is needing concentrated support (i.e. temples and neck for head tension, joints or muscles for extra support, or over the heart and down the neck and spine for emotional support.)

Please note: you do not want to drip oils into the eyes, up the nose or into the ear canal. Also, if you ever get an oil somewhere that is uncomfortable, use a carrier oil to dilute it out. Pour the carrier oil on, wipe it off and continue until skin sensitivity stops. Do not use water and soap as water actually will drive the oil deeper.

Internal Uses:

Now, this is a BIG reason why I use and trust dōTERRA.  Any of our bottles that have a “supplement” label on it can be taken internally while bottles that just say “ingredients” should only be used topically or aromatically. Essential oils can be used as a daily dietary supplement to support a healthy functioning body. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties, while others help to support a healthy inflammatory response to support your cells.

I personally love to put one or two drops of Lemon essential oil in my water daily for the gentle detox benefits. When drinking your oils, please make sure that you are using a glass or stainless steel water bottle. Do not use plastic water bottles with essential oils. You can also purchase little pill pockets called veggie caps from dōTERRA and take your oils internally like a pill. This method is necessary when taking warmer oils, like Oregano.

Disclaimer: I only recommend  the ingestion of dōTERRA oils  as each bottle is 100% pure essential oil. Please do not transfer this information to any other brand as the quality of essential oil is unknown.

Lastly, do what you are comfortable with.

As you are getting started on your essential oil journey, I want you to be 100% comfortable with HOW you are using your oils. If topical or internal use is not in your comfort zone right away, that’s okay! As you can see, there are numerous ways to get the benefits of your oils, so stick to what works best for your family.